Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi facilitated a Twitter space meeting to talk about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill and breakdown ruling by the High Court which revoked the initiative.
The internet meeting attracted more than 8,000 participants giving it an edge over various TVs that pull in almost a similar number or lower viewership online when facilitating live syndicated programs.
Ahmednasir's space is the biggest so far in Kenya since Twitter unveiled the avenue in 2021. Among those in participation were Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi, Garissa Town MP Aden Duale, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, media personalities Waihiga Mwaura, Linda Ogutuh, Anne Kiguta, Terry Anne Chebet, and Asha Mwilu
Spaces is another approach to have live audio discussions on Twitter. The maker of a space is the host and can just permit 10 people to talk, all others join the public discussion as audience members.
On the BBI appeal, Ahmednasir clarified that the constitution permitted Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki to sidestep the Court of Appeal and document an appeal at the Supreme Court. This provision is specified under Section 17 of the Supreme Court as it permits the highest court to listen to extraordinary conditions, for example, the BBI ruling which has ramifications on the constitution.
Notwithstanding, he contended that the Supreme Court is the most vulnerable connection in the Judiciary as one requires to just persuade four out of the seven judges to rule in his favor. Nelson Havi joined in expressing that the Supreme Court judges have confronted inquiries on their integrity and independence and only a few believed to be able to stand their ground.
Ahmednasir further expressed that the BBI ruling is viewed as probably the biggest decision at any point made by the Kenyan court and can be utilized as a kind of perspective by different nations in the issue of checks, balances, and exercise of powers by Presidents. Courts consistently borrow jurisprudence from one another, particularly Commonwealth nations.
The other issue that became the overwhelming focus was the choice by ODM pioneer Raila Odinga to censure the police for police brutality in the recently concluded by-decisions. Ahmednassir opined that "Raila's assertion was brilliant. He realized the judgment had weakened Uhuru in an extremely sensational design. So he was adjusting himself to the courts that have delivered a staggering hit to the president."
"Before the judgment, Raila was in an exceptionally weak position, and Uhuru could drag him any place he needs. After the judgment, Raila acknowledged he could chart his way than that of Uhuru. He perceived the way that the courts have become critical parts in the current dynamics."
"Utilization of twitter spaces will speed up in the coming months since it gives a prompt platform for experts to offer opinions progressively and from any area. A lawyer can begin a space following a decision to examine decisions even before media houses get specialists to interview on the same.
Nonetheless, the utilization of spaces will be limited since generally, Twitter isn't greater than Facebook in Kenya. There is very little possibility that spaces will replace radio or TV since a great number of Kenyans depend on radio for information in various dialects, they are probably not going to change to an alternative where they need to purchase the internet for opinions," Digital expert Brian Muuo clarified
He added that, in any case, in towns and professional circles, spaces will be a success and that greater numbers will be recorded in the coming days.
Twitter is dealing with making it feasible for hosts to bring in cash from their spaces, a component that could speed up the stage's development.
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